Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scraps of broken or waste glass gathered for remelting, especially with new material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Scrap glass which is melted down for reuse.
  • n. A small central plane in the back of a cut gem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Broken glass for remelting.
  • n. A small central plane in the back of a cut gem. See collet, 3 (b).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In glass manufacturing, refuse and broken glass, especially crown-glass, collected for remelting.
  • n. Same as culet, 2.

Etymologies

Probably alteration of collet, neck of glass left on the blowing iron, from French, collar, diminutive of col, neck, from Old French, from Latin collum; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant of collet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The example illustrating the environmental folly of recycling glass into cullet is well put, however a wealth of life cycle analyses of different material streams have been published, the majority of which suggest that recycling tends to be the preferred waste management option from an environmental perspective.

    The Waste of Recycling, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Eventually, the amount of CRT "cullet" - the crushed remains of trashed cathode ray tubes that are recycled - will outstrip demand, and the toxic screens will end up in landfills, explained Jeremy Gregory, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-author of a new paper on CRT recycling.

    Analysis

  • Eventually, the amount of CRT 'cullet' - the crushed remains of trashed cathode ray tubes that are recycled - will outstrip demand, and the toxic screens will end up in landfills, explained Jeremy Gregory, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-author of a new paper on CRT recycling.

    Zee News : India National

  • Less than two years after its local launch, the private venture is now grinding thousands of tons of jars and bottles from a five-state area into a crushed glass product called cullet.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • I think that clearly we are seeing eventually then also cullet, which is the broken glass and the post-consumer glass generally moving perhaps with some delay in line with what soda ash prices is doing so it would also eventually be affected.

    Owens-Illinois CEO Discusses Q3 2010 Results - Earnings Call Transcript -- Seeking Alpha

  • The challenge is that the main ingredient in glass, sand, is plentiful and cheap _ often cheaper than cullet, which is glass that has been prepared for recycling.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • The challenge is that the main ingredient in glass, sand, is plentiful and cheap - often cheaper than cullet, which is glass that has been prepared for recycling.

    Front Page - The Washington Times

  • The company uses 40-45 % recycled cullet in the glass melt.

    Reyne Haines: Recycling with Antiques

  • Thus, glass bottles may be washed out directly and returned to use, or glass bottles may be collected and crushed into cullet before the glass cullet is melted to make new glass containers.

    Industrial symbiosis

  • We can presume that, at that moment in time -- with a limited number of areas of habitation -- intensive recycling of glass cullet was no longer done and that on the whole glassworking at Sagalassos had ceased.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Glass Studies Report 2

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  • In glassmaking, raw glass or pieces of broken glass from a cooled melt, meant to be used as an ingredient of a batch; or scrap glass intended for recycling.

    November 9, 2007